The 2019-20 Ligue 1 season in France has been cancelled after the prime minister Edouard Philippe announced football games, even behind closed doors, will not be allowed before September.
Last week, the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced plans for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to resume on June 17, with UEFA setting a deadline of August 2 for domestic leagues to be completed.
All football has been suspended in Europe’s major leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not clear when, or indeed if, the campaign will be concluded.
What we do now have is a deadline, set by Ceferin during an interview with German television station ZDF.
“It must finish by August 3, both the Champions and Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible on dates and kick-off times. If the crisis eases earlier, then we can start sooner.”
The news potentially opens the way for Thierry Henry to become the French club’s next boss after their former striker was linked with the role.
Former France and Arsenal star Henry, 41, began his career at Monaco and helped them win Ligue 1 in 1997.
Portuguese boss Jardim was appointed in 2014 and led the club to the French title in 2017, their first since 2000.
The 44-year-old also guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals in 2016-17 and helped develop players such as forward Kylian Mbappe, now at Paris St-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain are confident they will comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules despite European football’s governing body opening an investigation over the signing of Neymar this summer for a world record fee of €222 million and the extraordinary deal for Kylian Mbappe that could rise to €180m.
Reportedly PSG have been careful to keep UEFA fully informed as to how they structured both deals, particularly the complicated, protracted deadline-day agreement for Mbappe to sign from Monaco initially on a season-long loan.
According to several media outlets, Paris Saint-Germain will sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe on an initial loan with the move made permanent next summer. The deal is structured this way to comply with financial fair play (FFP) regulations.
Is there any sport, in any league, in the world where one club has the financial dominance over its rivals as we have in Lique 1 in France?
Recently released figures show that last season, Paris Saint-Germain generated more income than 14 of its rivals put together.
PSG had revenue of €484 million in 2015, according to data released by French soccer’s licensing authority. That’s more than four times the income of the league’s second-biggest cash generator, AS Monaco, which made €117.4 million, and 19 times that of the lowest earner, RC Lens.
What Financial Fair Play rules? That seems to be the response that Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and Manchester City are giving to the impending FFP regulations as all three sides continues to spend heavily in this transfer window.
On Thursday, Manchester City agreed to buy a Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic for £25.8 m and Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo for £20.6m, taking their summer spend to £100m. That is more than double anyone else in the Premier League.